Autumn 2  Term 2020

Thankyou for your cooperation with all the new regulations last term. We appreciate your patience, especially at the start and end of the day.

Please remember you can contact us through class dojo now if you need to and watch out for messages on dojo from us too.

The children have settled well into their new routines in class and are already making progress.

Our Topic this term is Cold

Your Reception teacher is

Mrs Goodall

You will also meet….

Mrs Broadbent

We are both here to help and welcome you and to ensure your experience in Reception is the best it can be. Please speak to any of our staff if you have any questions or worries.

Useful Information

  • Children can choose to be indoors or outdoors throughout the day. It is important that they always bring a coat so that they can play out when they want to.

  • Please ensure that all clothing is named.

  • Be prepared – children will take part in some messy activities. We do provide aprons but sometimes clothes do get dirty.

  • Children can go to the toilet as and when they need to go, but accidents do sometimes happen- we have spare clothes for such incidents.

  • (any donations of knickers and undies would be welcomed)

All children have their own coat peg and drawer. Please encourage your child to find their peg by looking for their name and then they will know where to find their coat when they need it. 

Children can put any work to go home in their drawer, to collect at the end of the day.

What will children learn?

The children will learn our big question

How can I be a positive member of my class?

This will involve learning to be a good friend to others, always being ready to  learn and being respectful of their surroundings.

The children will learn to look after the classroom, putting things back in the correct place when they have used them, putting lids on pens and glue sticks and taking care with items such as books.  Tidying is important and we teach the children that it is every ones job. If we all work together it does not take as long.


This term we will continue to practise counting and recognising the value of numbers to 10 and 20. We will begin to use the language of fewer, less, least, more and most, to describe groups of objects and the children will start to learn what is 1 more than and 1 less than, for numbers to 10. We will be looking at pattern and shape. The children need to be able to name and describe 2d and 3d shapes.

Literacy, Communication and Language


The children have all been given their own wipe clean name writing board, so they can practise writing their name. We are encouraging children to write their name on all their pictures, so that they become really familiar with it. You can help by encouraging them to practise at home too. We now have a role play office in class, where children are enjoying using the role play computer. They are writing notes and we are encouraging them to tell us what their writing says. This will make writing purposeful for the children and allow their scribbles to have meaning.

Language, speaking and listening

The children are taking part in regular circle time sessions, where they learn to listen to others. The rules are that only one person can speak at a time and good listening means you look at the person who is speaking. The children are getting better at sitting still with tidy hands and crossed legs. We are practising speaking in sentences, often with everyone repeating the same sentence stem, so that less confident children have a model to follow and then everyone can join in.

Out topic this term is: Who likes the cold?

The children will learn what type of animals live in cold places and they will learn that there are hot and cold places in the world.

These are our focus books and stories for this term:

We will learn new vocabulary including:-





We will answer questions like:

How does the cold make you feel?

We will also be reading the Nativity Story and preparing for our bubble friendly Nativity Play

Learning to Read

Thankyou to the parents who have been listening to their children read at home. Evidence shows that it does make a huge difference with the development of children’s reading skills.

At school the children are becoming more skillful at telling a story using the pictures. They are getting used to answering questions about a story they have read and also making predictions about an unfamiliar story. Children are being introduced to new vocabulary related to reading. We talk about the title, the author and the illustrator of a book and we discuss simple differences between fiction and non-fiction texts.

The image below shows the characters in the Oxford Reading Tree books that we use. The children will learn to recognise the characters and their names

Once they are confident they will move onto books with words. At this stage they will get word cards to practice at home. As the year progresses the children will learn more words. The table below shows the words we expect them to know by the end of the reception year.


Our Read Write Inc sessions are now well under way and the children have been taught the following letter sounds;- m, a, s, d, t, i, n, g, p, o, c.

We are using the letter sounds we have learnt to make simple CVC words such as pin and sad and some children are already starting to hear the individual sounds in the words. When we break words down into individual sounds we call it fred talk and the children use their Freddy fingers to discriminate between the sounds. Our aim is that by the end of Autumn 2 the children will have been taught all the letter sounds in set 1(in image below). At home you can encourage your child to Fred talk simple words so that they become used to listening for the sounds. Also Playing I spy with my little eye is a good way to introduce initial sounds.